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Spanish: Our Subject Vision

In Spanish, our vision is to ignite a passion and promote a love of learning languages by developing a wide range of skills, preparing lifelong learners and enabling them to be well-rounded global citizens.  MFL prepares students for the cosmopolitan world, developing them as global citizens. We work hard to develop the multicultural capital and build on the multilingualism of our cohort. We strive to deliver the best language teaching, ensuring that our curriculum offer focuses on the building blocks of language: phonics, vocabulary and grammar. Our curriculum helps students make connections between sounds, words and sentences and they produce and understand ever more complex sentences and texts. These ‘pillars’ of phonics, vocabulary and grammar contain much of the knowledge that students require. We have developed our teaching sequences to ensure that this vision is at the forefront of what we do.

Which qualifications do we offer at KS4?

We offer the AQA Spanish GCSE (8698). The AQA GCSE Spanish specification is divided into three main subject areas, called Themes. (Theme 1: Identity and Culture, Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. Each theme is divided into topics which will be studied during the 2 year course. The exam is divided up according to the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each one of these has its own separate exam, in the form of an end-of-course paper, each weighted equally. 

AQA | Languages | GCSE | Spanish

What enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities do we offer in Spanish?

We currently offer intervention and enrichment for Year 11 students every Monday and Wednesday lunchtime.

In the future, we hope to enhance students’ learning experience by organising in house events and external educational visits.

Where could this subject ultimately take you?

Spanish can open doors to a broad range of careers, including, but not exclusive to, being a pilot, a teacher, an interpreter, a translator, a tour guide, an air hostess, politician, a journalist, doctor, actor, footballer. It can also create opportunities to go to university, work abroad, travel and meet new people.

Languages are about broadening your horizons, creating opportunities, improving communication and listening skills and building resilience. Here at Temple Learning Academy, we take great pride in what we do and how we can create the best opportunities for your future.

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What will students study in Spanish?

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students will cover all 4 key skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. They will cover the following topics:

  • Greetings and introductory phrases
  • Family, pets, opinions, descriptions
  • Sports and hobbies
  • TV, cinema, music and media
  • Food and drink
  • Healthy living and body parts
  • Culture including: Navidad, Pascua, San Fermín

Year 8

Students will cover all 4 key skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. They will cover the following topics:

  • School subjects, descriptions, facilities and uniform including using comparatives
  • Jobs, future plans and pocket money
  • House and home, including countries, the verb ‘ser’ and ‘estar’, prepositions and directions.
  • Daily routine and household chores including frequency words and reflexive verb use
  • Holidays including countries, accommodation and transport types, weather and making reservations
  • Food and drink including the use of the past tense.
  • Culture: Navidad, Día de los Reyes, Pascua, La Tomatina

Year 9

At the end of KS3, students can choose whether to continue to study Spanish into KS4 and gain a qualification. For those that do not continue to study Spanish we hope they continue with their education with a lifelong love of languages, a greater understanding of their own language(s) and an appreciation of other cultures. We also hope that they will have developed skills such as broadening their horizons and their cultural capital, being able to pick out key information in texts and be able to communicate simply in Spanish.  

In the future, we hope to introduce the FCSE (Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education) which will enable all students to gain a qualification in Spanish, regardless of the GCSE uptake.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Students will build their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and their confidence in tackling listening, reading, writing and speaking tasks and assessments. The curriculum includes:

  • Relationships and marriage to include reflexive verbs and the introduction of the imperfect tense
  • Places in town, directions, questions, features of a region, the future tense
  • School including opinions, subjects, facilities, uniform, comparatives and superlatives.
  • Free time activities, Tv programmes, films and the introduction of the imperfect tense.
  • Holidays, weather, present, preterite and imperfect tenses, booking accommodation, complaints
  • Mealtimes, daily routine, illnesses and injuries, asking for help, using the passive
  • Cultural including Las Fallas, El Carnaval, San Fermín.

Year 11

Students will continue to build their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and their confidence in tackling listening, reading, writing and speaking tasks and assessments. They will have several ‘mock’ exams to prepare them for the external June exams in which all 4 key skills are assessed. The curriculum includes:

  • House types, environmental problems, global problems, natural disasters, local actions
  • Technology types and uses of, social media and networking, complex structures.
  • Healthy lifestyle, vices and addition, alcohol and drugs, diet related problems
  • Jobs, how you earn money, work experience, applying for a summer job, future plans
  • Speaking exams and preparation
  • Revision of all areas

Temple Learning Academy is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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